Spanish translation of “keep”
keep verb /kiːp/ (past tense, past participle kept /kept/)
› to have for a very long or indefinite period of time
He gave me the picture to keep. › not to give or throw away; to preserve
I kept the most interesting books Can you keep a secret? › to (cause to) remain in a certain state or position
I keep this gun loaded How do you keep cool in this heat? Will you keep me informed of what happens? › to go on (performing or repeating a certain action)
He kept walking. › to have in store
I always keep a tin of baked beans for emergencies. › to look after or care for
She keeps the garden beautifully I think they keep hens. › to remain in good condition
That meat won’t keep in this heat unless you put it in the fridge. › to make entries in (a diary, accounts etc)
She keeps a diary to remind her of her appointments He kept the accounts for the club. › to hold back or delay
Sorry to keep you. › to provide food, clothes, housing for (someone)
He has a wife and child to keep. › to act in the way demanded by someone
She kept her promise. › to celebrate
to keep Christmas. keeper noun › a person who looks after something, eg animals in a zoo
The lion has killed its keeper. › a goalkeeper.
The keeper took the goalkick. keeping noun › care or charge
The money had been given into his keeping. keep-fit noun › a series or system of exercises, usually simple, intended to improve the physical condition of ordinary people, especially women
She’s very keen on keep-fit but it doesn’t do her much good (also adjective) keep-fit exercises. keepsake /-seik/ noun › something given or taken to be kept in memory of the giver
She gave him a piece of her hair as a keepsake. for keeps › permanently
You can have this necklace for keeps. in keeping with › suited to
He has moved to a house more in keeping with his position as a headmaster. keep away › to (cause to) remain at a distance
Keep away from the crocodiles – they’re dangerous! keep back › not to (allow to) move forward
She kept the child back on the edge of the crowd Every body keep back from the door! › not to tell or make known
I feel he’s keeping the real story back for some reason. › not to give or pay out
Part of my allowance is kept back to pay for my meals Will they keep it back every week? keep one’s distance › to stay quite far away
The deer did not trust us and kept their distance. keep down › not to (allow to) rise up
Keep down – they’re shooting at us! › to control or put a limit on
They are taking steps to keep down the rabbit population. › to digest without vomiting
He has eaten some food, but he won’t be able to keep it down. keep one’s end up › to perform one’s part in something just as well as all the others who are involved.
keep from › to stop oneself from (doing something)
hacer su parte
, hacer la parte
que a uno le corresponde
I could hardly keep from hitting him. keep going › to go on doing something despite difficulties.
We decided to keep going despite the poor weather. keep hold of › not to let go of
She told im to keep hold of her hand while they crossed the road. keep house (for) › to do the cooking, housework etc (for)
She keeps house for her brother. keep in › not to allow to go or come out or outside
The teacher kept him in till he had finished the work. › to stay close to the side of a road etc.
keep in mind › to remember and take into consideration later.
Keep in mind that the restaurant gets very busy and you may have to book a table in advance. keep it up › to carry on doing something at the same speed or as well as one is doing it at present
Your work is good – keep it up! keep off › to stay away
There are notices round the bomb warning people to keep off The rain kept off and we had sunshine for the wedding. › to prevent from getting to or on to (something)
This umbrella isn’t pretty, but it keeps off the rain. keep on › to continue (doing something or moving)
He just kept on going until he was too exhausted to continue. They kept on until they came to a petrol station. keep oneself to oneself › to tell others very little about oneself, and not to be very friendly or sociable.
He likes to keep himself to himself. keep out › not to (allow to) enter
The notice at the building site said ‘Keep out!’ This coat keeps out the wind. keep out of › not to become involved in
Do try to keep out of trouble! keep time › (of a clock etc) to show the time accurately
Does this watch keep (good) time? keep to › not to leave or go away from
Keep to this side of the park! We kept to the roads we knew. keep (something) to oneself › not to tell anyone (something)
He kept his conclusions to himself. keep up › (often with with) to move fast enough not to be left behind (by)
Even the children managed to keep up Don’t run – I can’t keep up with you. › to continue, or cause to remain, in operation
I enjoy our friendship and try to keep it up. keep up with the Joneses /ˈdʒounziz/ › to have everything one’s neighbours have
no ser menos que los demás
She didn’t need a new cooker – she just bought one to keep up with the Joneses. keep watch › to have the task of staying alert and watching for danger.
One of the men kept watch while the other two broke in through a window.